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After Backlash From Viewers, 'Jeopardy!' Apologizes For Using An 'inaccurate' Medical Term.
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After Backlash From Viewers, 'Jeopardy!' Apologizes For Using An 'inaccurate' Medical Term.


Jeopardy!” apologized after viewers referred to a question about a blood circulation syndrome as “inaccurate,” “bizarre,” and “wrong.”

The show, which was guest-hosted by Savannah Guthrie, apologized on social media Tuesday, saying the clue about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, on Monday's episode was "outdated and inaccurate."

Yesterday's episode featured a clue about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). After receiving feedback from the community, we discovered that we used an outdated and inaccurate term for this disorder, for which we apologize. — Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) June 22, 2021

The game show provided this response to contestants under the category "Plain-Named Maladies":

Because this organ is too small, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is also referred to as Grinch syndrome.

“What is the heart?” is the correct response.

Hopkins Medicine defines postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome as a "blood circulation disorder" characterized by a dramatic increase in heart rate in patients who rise from a seated position to a standing position.

In the past, some doctors dubbed the condition "Grinch syndrome" after the main character in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" because of his small heart, but the term was widely disliked by those with the syndrome and their family members.

No one ever refers to POTS as "Grinch Syndrome," so why would you? that's an outdated (and not even common) misogynistic term?!?!? it's a real and debilitating condition for many of us @Jeopardy — kinsey (@notkinz) June 22, 2021

POTS doesn't cause a small heart, nor is it referred to as "grinch syndrome" lol. my heart is structurally normal thank you very much it just beats fast pic.twitter.com/4vN0SukZj9 — spell pharaoh (@dopaminophen) June 22, 2021

@Jeopardy Calling POTS, an absolutely debilitating disorder that has made every day of my life a trial that I fight with all my heart, the “Grinch Syndrome” is scientifically inaccurate, outdated, and frankly cruel. Do better. — Amy Rowan Sach (@amyrowan) June 22, 2021

hey @jeopardy this isn't accurate at all. would love some pots representation and awareness but this isn't it my dude pic.twitter.com/SgPpla1pXp — blazy susan (@kvz93) June 22, 2021

Dysautonomia International, a non-profit that funds research and raises awareness about nervous system disorders such as POTS, blasted the show for "promoting outdated misogynistic terms."

The group demanded an apology and urged "Jeopardy!" to "do better" in a series of tweets.

Hey @Jeopardy, no one with any credibility refers to POTS as "Grinch Syndrome." Using outdated misogynistic terms to describe a debilitating autonomic nervous system disorder that affects millions of Americans is not cool. We request an apology on behalf of our community. Do better. — Dysautonomia International (@Dysautonomia) June 22, 2021

This was on Jeopardy tonight. Grinch syndrome is an offensive term. Can you imagine Jeopardy making fun of cancer or MS patients by giving them a "funny" name for their debilitating health condition? Not acceptable. We'd love to see real questions about the autonomic nervous system. pic.twitter.com/kqetij1Jwx — Dysautonomia Intl. (@Dysautonomia)

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